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cities power

The five questions of power

Tony Benn famously said there were five questions to be asked about power. What power do you have? Where did you get it? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you? If you can’t answer the last of those questions, he told MPs, […]

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integrity trust

Uncertainty? Let’s have more

Talking to a group of undergraduates about conducting a research project, I asked them where they went for trusted information. They dutifully gave the expected answer: go to the peer-reviewed academic journals. But what if you want to understand what’s going on now rather than however many years ago the peer-reviewed research was done? Social […]

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cities trust

Dawn raids and the death of trust

I tend not to have a lot of contact with the police. So when they come into your life twice in a week, you sit up and pay attention. The first time was in the early hours of Sunday morning, when we woke to discover our home had been broken into, the car keys taken […]

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cities reflection Uncategorized

Is there life beyond Babel?

I’ve always been fascinated by the Babel story: the grandiose construction project left empty and unfinished as its makers lose the ability to understand each other…